Paul McDonnell is a contemporary hyper-realist sculptor living in the west of Ireland. He has worked as a designer, modelmaker, and art director in the film industry for the past 25 years, working on projects as diverse as Jim Henson’s Animal Farm and Ireland’s first feature-length stop-motion animation 'Captain Morten'. For the past 10 years, he has worked with Macnas, Spectacle and Street Theatre Company, to create giant human figures that have now roamed streets all over the world.
Using his diverse skillset McDonnell has shifted focus, dedicating himself to fine art sculpture. Using resin, platinum silicone, animal hair and many other materials, Mc Donnell constructs realistic three-dimensional portraits.
Alongside his sculpting work, McDonnell lectures on the ‘Design for Stage and Screen’ and the ‘Design for Film' programs at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT), Dublin.
In 2018, he graduated with an MA in Creative Arts Practice from the Centre for Creative Arts & Media (CCAM), GMIT, Galway.